Let’s talk more about death to improve end-of-life care, says care home boss

Broomgrove Nursing Home  Jill Wall of Broomgrove Nursing Home
Broomgrove Nursing Home Jill Wall of Broomgrove Nursing Home
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A CARE home manager is challenging convention in a bid to help people talk about the difficult subject of death.

Jill Wall is taking a leading role in identifying end-of-life care needs for people across Sheffield, as well as helping to devise a city-wide framework of improvements.

But the manager at Broomgrove Nursing Home, off Ecclesall Road, says accepting the inevitable is still a fundamental problem in society.

She said: “Death is much more hidden these days. Fifty years ago it was accepted practice to have bodies laid out at home.

“These days death is far more sanitised and left in the hands of funeral directors and homes.

“We’re far more reluctant as a society to talk about it.

“This needs to change if we are going to have the discussions required to give people the end-of-life care they want and find acceptable.”

Jill is on the Skills for Care steering group and a task group on Sheffield for end-of-life care.

She cared for her grandparents, who both had cancer, before taking qualifications in palliative care, and also lost her first husband in a motorbike accident.

Although Sheffield has top palliative care, with St Luke’s Hospice and many specialist health centres, she believes there is still a long way to go.

Jill said: “There are plans for a national campaign to get people talking about the subject of death and dying, to help prevent people skirting round the issue – it can’t happen too soon.”